UAH set to celebrate its research achievements

Research Week

Following the University Convocation, over 60 graduate and undergraduate students, representing every college, will be displaying posters of their work.

The first Research Week at The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) will be held April 7-10 and will begin in conjunction with the University Honors Convocation April 7.

Research Week marks the first time that UAH has held a campus-wide celebration to promote and recognize the research and creative work of students at the university. UAH has the largest total research expenditures among public universities of its size.

"We want to celebrate our proud history of being a research university and create opportunities where everyone can network, share and have fun," says Dave Cook, coordinator of student research programs for UAH's Office of Academic Affairs and an event co-organizer.

Research Week's theme is "Communicate, Collaborate, Celebrate: The Next Generation of Research." It is coordinated by the Office of Sponsored Programs, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development, the Honors College and the Graduate Students Organization.
All events are open to the general public.

The events are meant to give our student researchers a chance to share what they have been working on. Dissemination of research and creative projects is an important part of inquiry based learning.

Dave Cook
Coordinator of student research programs, UAH Office of Academic Affairs

"There is a lot of innovative research, scholarly activity and creative projects going on at UAH, and we're proud of the fact that students have the opportunity to get involved," says Cook.

"The events are meant to give our student researchers a chance to share what they have been working on. Dissemination of research and creative projects is an important part of inquiry based learning," he says. "We also want students, faculty, researchers, staff and the local community to come together to look at this work in the hope of building relationships and collaborations.

Visitors from the local community are welcome at the Research Horizons Day Poster Session on Tuesday, April 7, immediately following the University Convocation. Over 60 graduate and undergraduate students, representing every college, will be displaying posters of their work in the Student Success Center of the M. Louis Salmon Library, and will be on hand to discuss their work and answer questions. That event continues until noon.

"We're very excited about this opportunity to celebrate the next generation of research and creativity on our campus," Cook says. "We look forward to holding this event annually and growing the involvement of students, faculty, researchers, staff and the local community."

Scheduled activities:

Tuesday, April 7
  • 9:30 a.m. – Noon (immediately after the University Honors Convocation Ceremony) - Student Poster Session (Salmon Library, Student Success Center). Graduate and undergraduate students, representing every college, will be on hand to discuss posters of their research and creative projects. Light refreshments served.
Wednesday, April 8
  • All Day - Student poster viewing all day (Salmon Library, Student Success Center) with an Online Scavenger Hunt for prizes.
  • Noon – 1 p.m. - Lunchtime Talk (Salmon Library, Room 111) "Starting Your Research as an Academic," Dr. Robert Lindquist, director of the Center for Applied Optics and Associate VP for Research and Economic Development. Food and beverages served.
Thursday, April 9
  • All Day - Student poster viewing all day (Salmon Library, Student Success Center) with an Online Scavenger Hunt for prizes.
  • Noon – 1 p.m. - Lunchtime Talk (Salmon Library, Room 111) "IP Primer: A Practical Approach to Technology Commercialization," Kannan Grant, director of the Office of Technology Commercialization. Food and beverages served.
Friday, April 10
  • All Day - Student poster viewing all day (Salmon Library, Student Success Center) with an Online Scavenger Hunt for prizes.
  • 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. - "So You Think You Can Research" 1 slide, 3-minute project pitch (Salmon Library, Room 111). Networking and sharing of student creative projects and research. Snacks and beverages served.
 

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